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Open and Closed Questions / Agree-Disagree Game

Open questions play crucial role in inquiry and debate, especially, but not exclusively in philosophy. In this session we will distinguish between open and closed questions and try to formulate good open questions for debate. We will also introduce the

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What is Philosophy?

WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? The name ‘philosophy’ derives from two ancient Greek words ‘philos’ meaning love, and ‘sophia’ meaning wisdom. Why is wisdom so highly valued? How can it help us to live well? This lesson explores these questions and related

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How to Run a Session

This document gives clear instructions and guidance on how to run a run a Philosophy session using the Blooming Minds approach. There is crucial information on the nature of facilitation and details of techniques and strategies that can be used

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Recent Praise
  • The Blooming Minds Handbook is an invaluable resource and used by both Year 4 teachers as a ‘bible’ in running sessions. The lesson plans are really well designed and the breakdown into stages of the lesson is very helpful. [Year 4 class teacher]

     

    The Blooming Minds Handbook for Teachers
  • My Year 5 class have been lucky enough to participate in Philosophy sessions with Kath for the past 5 weeks. Many children in my class have trouble maintaining friendships and there are often arguments and unhealthy gossip. There are also several children who display particularly difficult behaviour. Since the children have taken part in the Philosophy sessions, there has been a visible improvement in their attitude and outlook on their own behaviour. The sessions have had a significant impact on the way the children think and I often have conversations with them during the week in which they reflect back to the session. I often hear the phrase, “That’s like in Philosophy when Kath said…” or “It’s like we learned in Philosophy, we shouldn’t let our emotions push us to make bad decisions”. The phrases “I agree” and “I disagree” are now used regularly in the classroom, and the children readily speak about making decisions and using justification. I cannot begin to explain how pleasing it is for me, as their class teacher, to hear them reflecting in this way and using what they have learnt in the session to think about and improve their own skills and behaviour. Simply wonderful. [Y5 class teacher]

    Improving behaviour and reflective thinking